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Articles from The Scotsman Online (November 5, 2020)

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'Duncan Weir is playing the best rugby of his career' - Townsend backs stand-off to fill the Finn Russell-Adam Hastings void; Finn Russell and Adam Hastings will both miss out on the whole of Scotland's Nations Cup campaign after being injured in Saturday's win against Wales. Stuart Bathgate 666
'Huge blow' - Andy Walker claims Rangers duo could struggle to bounce back from major setback; Andy Walker has suggested that Jordan Jones and George Edmundson's recent breach of Covid-19 protocols could herald the end of the duo's time at Rangers. Jason Jones 535
'It's just all over the place' - Celtic star wants international football cancelled; Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has called for international football to be scrapped during the Covid-19 pandemic in a bid to quell outbreaks of the sort that led to the 28-year-old Israeli being laid low by the virus while on duty with his country. Andrew Smith 649
'Need to learn', 'Give Helander a shake', 'Good practice for the Champions League,' 'Livid': Rangers fans react to Benfica 3-3 draw; Rangers fans had a mixture of emotions to convey on social media after watching an exciting 3-3 draw with Benfica in Portugal earlier this evening. David Oliver 573
'Slackness crept in': Pundits focus on Rangers defenders for late equaliser in Benfica 3-3 draw; Darwin Nunez scored a late, late equaliser to snatch a point for ten-man Benfica against Rangers in a match Steven Gerrard's team dominated. David Oliver 462
10 of the best easier Munros to tackle; We all feel like running to the hills sometimes - but where do you go once you get there? Alison Campsie 579
101-year-old Scottish Spar supplier CJ Lang sees sales spike as shoppers stay local amid pandemic; CJ Lang, the 101-year-old Scottish wholesale business and Spar operator, has flagged a double-digit sales hike as more locked-down home-workers opt to shop local. Scott Reid 599
A step, jump, leap or boogie in the right direction might be just what we need - Brian Sloan; Nights are drawing in, temperatures are dropping and the weather can only be described as dreich. The idea of wrapping up for a bracing November walk sounds less and less attractive. Much better to pop the kettle on, settle into your favourite armchair, and see what's on TV. Brian Sloan 530
Aberdeen Uni spin-out gets funding boost for tech that helps cabin crew deal with medical emergencies; A spin-out business from the University of Aberdeen has received six-figure funding to develop technology that helps cabin crew deal with medical emergencies. Scott Reid 600
Album reviews: Kylie / Ariana Grande / Gorillaz / The Bathers; After the let-down of her underwhelming 50th birthday album, Golden, Kylie's latest offering is a joyful slice of disco fun, writes Fiona Shepherd. Fiona Shepherd 1106
Alex Salmond inquiry demands Crown Office releases evidence from former first minister's criminal trial; The inquiry investigating the Scottish Government's handling of harassment complaints against Alex Salmond has asked the Crown Office to release evidence used in the criminal trial. Conor Matchett 475
Alfredo Morelos breaks Ally McCoist's European scoring record but Rangers let famous win in Lisbon slip from their grasp; On a night when Rangers would certainly have settled for a share of the spoils before kick-off, they were left with a sense of deflation in taking just one point from Benfica in a tumultuous 3-3 draw at the Stadium of Light. Stephen Halliday 1054
Alfredo Morelos: 21 Rangers goals in Europe; Alfredo Morelos entered Rangers club history last week when he matched Ally McCoist's European goal record last week. David Oliver 796
Analysis: Argos was internet shopping before the internet; It is as intrinsic to the 1980s as Tupperware parties and sausages on a stick. Jane Bradley 591
Anger may point to the reality of God - Gareth Black; It was a bright Sunday morning in June 2017 as I stood contemplating the disquieting, charred husk of the Grenfell Tower building. Four days earlier a raging inferno had ravaged the 24-storey apartment block, killing 72 people, including 18 children. I was on the ground that morning working with churches that had been at the forefront of the efforts to try to provide support to displaced residents and anxious relatives. As I navigated the pavements of North Kensington, littered as they were with candles, flowers and images of the missing, the mood was almost universal: a bitter cocktail of profound sorrow mixed with rumblings of anger. Further details of the social determinants of the tragedy that emerged over the proceeding days only compounded this indignation. Gareth Black 583
As Scottish unionism collapses, SNP must act decisively to win independence - Kenny MacAskill; The wheels are coming off the unionist wagon. EU membership gone, the prestige of Great Britain crashing and now the strength of the Union, with its supposed pooling and sharing, disappearing over the horizon. Kenny MacAskill 587
Bad Caledonian Sleeper trip? This is why it was worse for the staff - Alastair Dalton; If you haven't tried it, travelling by sleeper train can be unique and exciting experience. Alastair Dalton 744
Banning sale of tobacco products near schools would help stop children taking up smoking; Banning sales of tobacco products close to schools and playgrounds would reduce the availability in Scotland by more than 70 per cent in a bid to stop children from smoking. Sarah Ward 506
Bob MacIntyre 'delighted' to be leading new Cyprus Showdown; While it's not a week where you necessarily want to peak too soon, Bob MacIntyre was "delighted" to set the pace in the European Tour's ground-breaking Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown. Martin Dempster 617
Bonfire Night ideas 2020: activities for kids and families to try on 5 November as fireworks displays are cancelled; With Covid-19 affecting proceedings in 2020, here are 7 things you can do to celebrate Bonfire Night safely. Alex Nelson 677
Book review: Fifty Words for Snow, by Nancy Campbell; Unable to travel somewhere snowy this winter? Then sign up for Nancy Campbell's virtual tour of the world's chilliest places. Roger Cox 689
Can Trump run for president in 2024? Odds for the next US election - including Joe Biden, Kanye West and Kamala Harris; With the dust not yet settled on this year's election, some are already looking ahead to 2024. Ethan Shone 649
Celtic urged to sign [pounds sterling]4.5m ace, Lennon in Government blast over Rangers PRAISE, Parkhead star will interest EPL sides, call for international football to be cancelled - Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill; It is an eventful time in Scottish football with plenty happening this week and even more set to take place in the coming days. Joel Sked 736
Celtic's 4-1 humbling by Sparta Prague represents a 15-year European nadir; It was like watching the baddest of bad 1980s Celtic teams in Europe to witness Neil Lennon's men being humbled 4-1 by Sparta Prague on a horrific night. Andrew Smith 587
Computer system failure sees post offices struggle to serve customers; UK-wide disruption in Post Office branches this morning was due to a computer system problem which meant staff were unable to serve customers at counters. Hannah Brown 290
Coronavirus in Scotland: Care home probe could cover all four UK nations; The Scottish Government is exploring whether a public inquiry into care home deaths during the coronavirus pandemic could cover all four nations of the UK, Nicola Sturgeon has revealed. Angus Howarth 343
Coronavirus in Scotland: Three more deaths at Dumfries care home; A further three residents have died in a Covid-19 outbreak at a care home in Dumfries. Elsa Maishman 443
Coronavirus in Scotland: Travellers from Germany and Sweden will have to quarantine when coming to Scotland; The Scottish Government has announced that any traveller entering the country from Germany or Sweden will have to quarantine for 14 days. Rachel Mackie 235
Coronavirus testing: Boris Johnson's 'moonshot' isn't going well but Liverpool trial is a step in the right direction - Professor Harry Burns; So, Boris, how's the 'moonshot' doing? The key to containing any infectious disease outbreak is to find out who has the infection and isolate them. Harry Burns 645
Corrie McKeague: Mum's hope for answers as inquest granted; The mother of missing Fife airman Corrie McKeague has said she is hopeful of getting answers as the family's request for an inquest to be held was granted. Scott McCartney 341
Covid: How the pandemic may have accelerated efforts to tackle climate change and plastic pollution - Iain Gulland; Fears that Covid could set back progress on single-use plastic and our wider throwaway culture now seem misplaced with a raft of multi-million-pound investment from governments and business. But we must all keep demanding and making changes to overcome the climate crisis. Iain Gulland 1066
Covid: Scottish government must keep Draconian laws to a minimum - Scotsman comment; The suggestion by Nicola Sturgeon that a new law could be introduced to enforce regional travel restrictions amid the fight against Covid-19 will strike many people as a particularly Draconian step. Scotsman comment 319
Death of care home worker sparks calls for more ambulance service in highland village; The death of a local woman after a heart attack has sparked calls for increased ambulance coverage in a village in the Cairngorms. Elsa Maishman 629
Demand for Brexit trade deal as pandemic continues to hammer new car sales; Motor industry bosses have warned of a tough end to the year after the weakest October for new car registrations in almost a decade. Scott Reid 637
Ex-Celtic star slams Sparta Prague defeat as one of most 'gutless' Celtic performances he's ever seen; Chris Sutton believes Celtic's 4-1 defeat to Sparta Prague on Thursday evening was one of the most "gutless performances" he's ever seen from the club. Craig Fowler 334
FMQs: Demands for testing for frontline Scots staff to be stepped up as cases spike; NHS hospital staff are still not receiving weekly tests, it was claimed today, as Nicola Sturgeon faced pressure on the need for Covid testing of health service workers. Gina Davidson 612
FMQs: Nicola Sturgeon dismisses Covid hospital bed fears; Fears about a lack of beds and staff in Scotland's hospitals and the impact on coping with coronavirus were today dismissed by the First Minister, as she was pressed to deliver a "no-strings attached" pay rise for NHS staff. Gina Davidson 965
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab self isolating after contact with coronavirus case; Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is isolating after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus amid diplomatic challenges with the US over the election chaos. Angus Howarth 257
Furlough scheme in Scotland: will the UK-wide job support scheme be extended for Scottish businesses and workers? The furlough scheme has been extended in England - but will the same happen in Scotland if there is another lockdown? Jenna Macfarlane 1175
Grand Slam-chasing Rory McIlroy 'under the radar' for Masters; With the focus set to be on man of the moment Bryson DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy has a chance to go "under the radar" when he bids to become just the sixth player to complete golf's career grand slam in next week's Masters. Martin Dempster 581
How Douglas Ross personally won furlough commitment from Boris Johnson - John Lamont; Covid is a challenge the likes of which none of us alive today has ever known. John Lamont 533
How the Celtic players rated in humiliating Europa League defeat against Sparta Prague; Ratings out of ten for every Celtic player from tonight's Europa League group clash at Celtic Park. Craig Fowler 617
How the Rangers players rated in 3-3 Europa League draw with Benfica; Rangers aimed to go top of Group D in the matchday three meeting of the section's two unbeaten Europa League sides in Lisbon. David Oliver 713
Independence support remains steady as Scottish Tories slip to third place in Holyrood poll; A new poll has suggested support for independence is holding steady in favour of Yes should there be a second referendum. Conor Matchett 442
Jeremie Frimpong: Celtic boss Neil Lennon has say on 'trip' story; Jeremie Frimpong has no case to answer according to Celtic manager Neil Lennon over revelations in one newspaper that a woman had come over from America to stay in the defender's flat. Andrew Smith 348
Masters contenders will be 'nervous' about Covid, says Dustin Johnson; World No 1 Dustin Johnson reckons the majority of his Masters rivals next week will be feeling "nervous" about catching COVID-19 in the build up to the rescheduled major. Martin Dempster 574
Michael Owen delivers Rangers and Celtic verdicts ahead of key Europa League double-header; Michael Owen has forecast mixed fortunes for the two Old Firm clubs in tonight's Europa League group stage action. Jason Jones 285
Neil Lennon apologises to Celtic fans after Sparta Prague humiliation as he promises to change 'culture'; Neil Lennon has apologised to Celtic supporters after the club's embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Sparta Prague on Thursday evening, saying he will look to change the "culture" of the Celtic Park dressing room after accusing the players of lacking hunger. Craig Fowler 320
New 44 Scotland Street Chapter 64: In deepest Morningside; Sister Maria-Fiore dei Fiori di Montagna had been shopping in George Street and had bought herself a new pair of sunglasses. She had dropped her last pair into the Water of Leith when on a walk with her friend and flatmate, Antonia Collie. Antonia had valiantly tried to retrieve them, but had failed, and had to be dissuaded from wading further into the water on her mission of recovery. Alexander McCall Smith 992
Nicola Sturgeon claims releasing legal advice around Alex Salmond case would breach ministerial code; Nicola Sturgeon has said immediately acting on the Scottish Parliament's vote calling on her to release the Scottish Government's legal advice around the judicial review case involving Alex Salmond would breach ministerial ethics rules. Conor Matchett 460
Nicola Sturgeon: First Minister confirms 39 new deaths as cases rise by 1,216; Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed the latest coronavirus figures for Scotland. Conor Marlborough 199
No fans at Murrayfield for Autumn Nations Cup as Gregor Townsend updates squad; Scottish Rugby has conceded that it "will not be possible" for fans to attend the Autumn Nations Cup fixtures at Murrayfield as head coach Gregor Townsend updated his squad for the forthcoming tournament. Matthew Elder 559
Outlander trainee positions: how to apply to work on the hit TV show starring Sam Heughan - and what roles are available? There are a number of positions available under the traineeship scheme, offering the opportunity to work alongside Outlander stars like Sam Heughan; There are a number of positions available under the traineeship scheme, offering the opportunity to work alongside Outlander stars like Sam Heughan. Rhona Shennan 1055
Positive mindset essential in addressing challenges - comment; In my role as Chiene + Tait's chair, I've witnessed a desire from businesses to access opinion, fresh thinking and ideas during these challenging times. Lena Wilson 835
Prestwick Airport back on market hints at progress towards sale; Ministers today put Prestwick Airport officially up for sale again, five weeks after its preferred bidder pulled out. Alastair Dalton 665
Public funding lifelines revealed for Scottish cultural venues and events; Lifeline funding has been secured by some of the biggest names in Scottish culture including Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom, Grand Ole Opry and Pavilion Theatre, the Fruitmarket Gallery and Liquid Room in Edinburgh, and The Stand Comedy Club venues in each city. Brian Ferguson 579
Pubs could close for longer to keep schools open; Decisions about lockdowns will be made with the priority of keeping schools open, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Gina Davidson 340
Quiz's Glasgow centre to deliver the goods as English stores go into lockdown; Quiz, the "fast fashion" retailer, has stressed that its Glasgow distribution centre and websites will continue to serve customers as its English stores shut amid the November lockdown. Scott Reid 452
Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos told to 'smash it to pieces'; On Tuesday night, Steven Gerrard saw Mohamed Salah draw level with his all-time record of 21 goals in the Champions League for Liverpool. Stephen Halliday 457
Reaction: Business groups respond to news of furlough extension; News that Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the furlough scheme has been broadly welcomed by business groups, although there have been some calls for complementary action by the Scottish Government. Emma Newlands 636
Readers' Letters: 'Why Donald Trump gets my vote'; I am one of those ignorant, deplorable voters note-0who happily voted for Donald Trump, not once but twice. And for good reason. He kept his campaign promises. His economic policies brought about the lowest unemployment in the US for 50 years, the lowest unemployment among Blacks since records began. Letter to the editor 1633
RECAP: Benfica 3-3 Rangers - As it happened : Morelos sets club record after Kamara goal but ten-men maintain Eagles' European home record after Otamendi red card; Steven Gerrard leads Rangers into matchday three of the UEFA Europa League group stages and The Scotsman will bring you all the updates you need from the crucial fixture in Portugal. David Oliver 264
Revealed! The best and worst Scottish Premiership goalkeepers of the season so far; The difference a good goalkeeper can make to his side should not be underestimated. Jason Jones 553
Sainsbury's slashes thousands of jobs as Argos stores and deli counters axed; Sainsbury's is to slash some 3,500 jobs as it shuts hundreds of Argos stores and closes its supermarket meat, fish and deli counters. Scott Reid 619
Scotland 'notably out of step' with other countries on lobbying laws, MSPs told; MSPs have been told Scotland's laws around the disclosure of lobbying meetings with civil servants must be extended to close a loophole that is limiting transparency. Conor Matchett 434
Scotland's food and drink industry in plea for six-month Brexit 'grace period'; Scotland's food and drink industry has pleaded with the Prime Minister to grant a six-month "grace period" for new rules coming into effect when the UK's Brexit transition period ends on December 31. Katrine Bussey 554
Scotland's high streets suffer second worst year in a decade for failures; Scotland's high streets suffered the second worst year in a decade for insolvencies in 2019 with further pain likely this year as the Covid pandemic accelerates change. Scott Reid 462
Scotland's top dentist says patients shouldn't be forced into private treatment; People in need of dental treatment should not be put in the "invidious position" of being forced to pay for private treatment because of a backlog of NHS appointments due to the coronavirus shutdown, Scotland's chief dental officer has said. Gina Davidson 997
Scotsman crossword answers: Here are the solutions for Wednesday's daily puzzles; From Mayday to Ambit, here are the answers you've been looking for. 247
Scottish MSPs told 'no upside' to Brexit for manufacturing or road haulage; A failure to have new customs arrangements ready for January 1 when Brexit comes into full force will see "many mistakes made" and the UK supply chain disrupted, MSPs have been warned. Gina Davidson 595
Smarter choices on climate fuelled by concern for children; You don't need to be Sir David Attenborough to help the planet - start by getting a smart meter, advises Shaun Milne. 1018
Steven Gerrard reflects on 'real regrets' after Rangers lose two-goal lead to 10-man Benfica; Frustrated Rangers manager Steven Gerrard admits it will take him some time to get over the disappointment of his team's failure to claim a momentous victory against Benfica in the Stadium of Light. Stephen Halliday 435
Steven Gerrard warns Rangers to beware of their 'blind spots' as they face Benfica test; On his two visits to the Stadium of Light in Lisbon as a Liverpool player, Steven Gerrard trudged off the pitch defeated by Benfica. Stephen Halliday 428
Steven Gerrard's important message to non-playing Rangers stars; Rangers boss Steven Gerrard isn't anywhere near a tinkerman in the style of Claudio Ranieri, but he is fond of tweaking his team on a game-by-game basis. Joel Sked 319
Taxation webinar aimed at easing disputes was well worth a lockdown look - Graham Boyack; If you'd asked me to guess what sort of webinars I might be looking at during the Covid situation, I don't think that one from the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIT) would have featured on my list. It's not that taxation isn't important, it's just not something that had been on my radar. I was alerted to just such a webinar being held by the CIT branch by the Chair of our board and, once I saw it had a mediation angle, I thought "let's have a look". Graham Boyack 641
Terror attacks in France and Vienna could have 'galvanising effect' in UK, Security Minister warns; Terror attacks in France and Vienna could have had a "galvanising effect" in the UK, Britain's Security Minister has warned. Alexander Brown 614
The bank that found its Social Bite during lockdown - Sheena Hales; The ripple effects caused by Covid-19 have reached nearly every aspect of our society. Cancelled graduations, Zoom wedding receptions and virtual birthday celebrations have all become part and parcel of 2020 and while missing important life milestones has been devastating, for some, the impact of coronavirus and resulting lockdowns has been far graver. Sheena Hales 490
The Scotsman Sessions #136: Robert Softley Gale; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, actor Robert Softley Gale performs a scene from his solo show If These Spasms Could Speak, in which he plays a young man with muscular dystrophy, coping both with a condition that leads to a progressive loss of muscular power, and with his painful struggles to express his gay sexuality as a disabled man. Joyce McMillan 680
Theatre company to stage pop-up Christmas shows on doorsteps and in back gardens; One of Scotland's leading theatre companies is to stage pop-up shows on doorsteps and in gardens in the run-up to Christmas while its own doors are closed. Brian Ferguson 984
Tributes flood in as Scottish Labour veteran campaigner Ian Miller dies; Ian Miller, a stalwart of the Scottish Labour party and a long-serving committee member of Penicuik Athletic Football Club, has passed away. Gina Davidson 593
UK furlough scheme extended until the end of March; The UK furlough scheme has been extended until the end of March as Chancellor Rishi Sunak guaranteed access for Scotland. Alexander Brown 683
UK generates more e-waste per head than any other country except Norway; The UK generates more e-waste per person than any country in the world with the exception of Norway, through products such as discarded smart phones, a report has claimed. Jane Bradley 515
Universal basic income: After a self-taught course in macroeconomics, I believe it's time for [pounds sterling]2,500 a month for all - Jim Duffy; Perhaps the older I get, the more cynical I become. So many of the "truths" I was taught in school and university have been blown out the water as false, inaccurate and downright wrong when I learn more and experience life. Jim Duffy 1082
US election: Donald Trump won the votes of tens of millions of Americans despite being a threat to democracy - Scotsman comment; The results of the US presidential election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden should be profoundly shocking to anyone with an ounce of moral sense. Scotsman comment 601
US Election: Rants, lawsuits, and spats as Joe Biden edges towards victory; When President Donald Trump made his first tweet of the day as America woke up, the world was watching. Jane Bradley 987
What is the Rust Belt? Where swing states such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan get their unflattering name; As they did in 2016, the Rust Belt states are playing a key part in the 2020 US election. Finlay Greig 418
Which states are still counting votes for the US election 2020? And when the next ones will be called - including Georgia, Nevada and Arizona; The outcome of Trump vs Biden hinges on the results in a few decisive swing states. Finlay Greig 676
Why can I see the moon during the day? This is the reason why the moon is visible in daytime during winter; Beautiful views of the moon aren't just reserved for the darkness of the night - here's why you can sometimes spot it during the day. Alex Nelson 489
Zardoz: Take a look behind the scenes of Sean Connery's strangest movie; Yes, that is a plaited ponytail. Yes, those are thigh-high boots. Any other stupid questions? Conor Marlborough 1124

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